According to reports, Russian flag carrier Aeroflot is in talks with Airbus to finalize a deal for 28 A350-900 aircraft worth USD$7.8 billion at list prices. The planes are set to be equipped with 28 seats in Business Class, 24 seats in Premium Economy, and 262 seats in Economy Class. Seats will be supplied by B/E Aerospace.
In 2007, Aeroflot ordered 22 Airbus A350 aircraft, including 14 of the A350-900 version and 8 smaller A350-800s. While the latter has since been withdrawn by the manufacturer due to low demand, the first delivery of the remaining order was recently postponed until 2019.
Aeroflot also canceled an order for 22 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2015 due to the challenging conditions of the Russian aviation market, caused by sanctions from the United States and Europe as well as low oil prices. Other airlines were affected by the crisis even more heavily. For example, Transaero, Russia’s second-largest airline at that time, was forced to file for bankruptcy.
Now that the market is recovering, Aeroflot is looking to resume its growth in order to become one of the leading European airlines by 2025. The carrier has recently confirmed that it will take delivery of 50 Russian new generation MS-21 aircraft, while also expanding its order backlog for the Sukhoi SuperJet.
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